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The latest Star Trek entry reminds us that God’s creation extends beyond humans, to everything he has made.

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Scars, in both horror and the Christian life, can be a reminder of how we were saved.

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Some scientists respond, “Well, there must be an enormous number of universes and each one is a little different. This one just happened to turn out right.”

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Christian Apologetics: Who Needs It?

I am honored and deeply humbled by the privilege of being invited to give the Stob Lectures this year. Indeed, I’m a bit embarrassed by all the fuss you’ve made. There’s a temptation to try to justify one’s selection as the Stob lecturer by giving some hopefully impressive, scholarly pair of lectures. But a phone call from President Plantinga made it quite clear to me that such was consistent with neither the intended purpose nor the audience of these lectures. I had thought to speak on some key topics in Christian philosophical theology. But President Plantinga encouraged me instead to address the question of Christian apologetics, a topic apparently dear to the heart of Henry Stob but somewhat neglected in recent years. He encouraged me to draw upon my years of experience as a Christian apologist to share some very practical thoughts on this discipline. So that is what I’ve decided to do.

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Actors aren’t the only ones who play roles, and many times we portray a character of someone we think we are supposed to be.  In her new book, Shine , former actress Allison Allen calls believers to drop the brave act and step into the role of a lifetime—being your real self in Christ, no matter what the critics say.  Allison has performed in the Broadway production of Grease , and she is a former Women of Faith dramatist. Currently, she is a Bible teacher and speaks at women’s conferences around the country. 

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What About All Those Evil Christians? (Podcast) | Cold Case Christianity

In this blast from the past, J. Warner examines the challenge offered by skeptics who claim that occasional evil behavior on the part of Christians invalidates Christianity. If Christianity is true and virtuous, how can someone like Adolph Hitler call himself a “Christian”? How can there be so many radical Christian militia groups? Do people like Hitler and groups like these demonstrate that Christianity is just another mistaken worldview? J. Warner answers these questions and listener email related to the supernatural nature of the Bible and archaeological evidence for the Exodus.

House, Senate Move to Save Adoption Tax Credit

Last week, in a sweeping tax reform proposal —which includes lowering taxes, increasing the child tax credit, and introducing a family tax credit—House Republicans cut the adoption tax credit. Today, Senate Republicans answered with their own tax overhaul, which would keep the mortgage interest deduction, eliminate the aiblity to deduct state and local taxes—and keep the adoption tax credit.

Do You Sleep Less Than Jesus?

But the sanctity of sleep is not the only lesson we glean from Jesus. Don’t go away yet and miss what makes it Christian. Sleep is not only a divine gift to be received and appreciated, but also a good to be sacrificed, when necessary, in the cause of love. Jesus not only embraced the limits of his humanity and slept, but he was willing to deny himself sleep, at the right time, to gain something greater.

Can Religion Be Tested for Truth?

It seems to me, though, that people have forgotten that “religion” includes beliefs. They tend to think that “religion” is merely a series of practices or routines. In this context, the claim that religion cannot be tested for truth makes a little bit more sense…but not much. No, practices don’t have a direct “truth value”, but they do have a “moral value”, and “moral value” is determined by propositions about reality being true. The “truth value” of practices are indirect, but that is not to minimize their “truth value”. The “direct” vs. “indirect” distinction comes into play when we are trying to figure out the “truth value”. For beliefs, the “truth value” can be found directly by testing it against reality. To find the “truth value” of a practice, we must test the “truth value” of the beliefs that necessarily lead to the practice.

Kindle Deals in Christian Apologetics: Greg's Top Ten Picks of the Week!

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Social Movements and God’s Kingdom: Which Cause Matters Most? - Christian Research Institute

Perhaps no better example exists of someone advancing another ideology over God’s kingdom than Judas Iscariot. We vilify Judas, don’t we? He’s a scoundrel. He’s evil. He’s the guy who betrayed Jesus for a lousy thirty pieces of silver. Yet Judas resonates with people more than they’d like to think. He was likely a zealot, passionate about restoring Israel to its former glory as an independent kingdom. If Judas were alive today, he’d likely be someone you would call a true patriot or nationalist. Why Jesus chose him to be a disciple is a theological debate for another day, but the selection wasn’t by accident. Jesus intentionally chose Judas, just like He intentionally chose another nationalist named Simon.

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Ask Pastor Mark: Why Are We Drawn to God's Creation?

Last year, Grace and I took our five kids to the Grand Canyon for a special, memorable family trip. We had never been before and all looked forward to seeing one of the great wonders of the world. Enjoying God’s Creation on such a massive scale reminded me of the gift that life on this planet truly is. According to the Scriptures, creation is a gift from a loving Creator God. From the bodies we inhabit, the air we breathe, the sun we bask in, the food we eat, the flowers we pick, the water we drink, the ground we walk upon, and the pets we love to the pleasures we enjoy and destinations we visit on vacation, life is filled with good gifts for us to steward and enjoy.

‘Mindhunter’ Offers a Stark Warning About the Limits of Empathy

On top of directing four of its ten episodes, David Fincher also serves as the executive producer of Mindhunter , and fans of his work will note the clear affinities between the show and two of his most accomplished films—namely, Se7en and Zodiac . Interestingly, both films showcase the tension that erupts when unchecked obsession meets with the restraint of painstaking analysis. Since the medium of television offers the distinct advantage of detailed character analysis, Fincher uses it to refine his exploration of this conflicted dynamic, showing us how Ford’s insatiable curiosity begins to encroach on his personal life. The tension is intensified by the arrival of Wendy Carr—a steely academic recruited by the bureau to formalize the methodology behind the prison interviews. Carr has little sympathy for Ford’s unorthodox tactics in the interviews, which involve everything from catering to a prisoner’s shoe fetish to matching their obscene lingo.

Moms Love Letters: Teaching Children the Power of Words

Children are never too young for truth. Don’t underestimate the faith of a child and the power of the Spirit, when they’re still willing to hold our hand and hear our voice. Resist the dumbed-down, shallow, entertaining words that so easily placate their little minds and ears. C.S. Lewis said, “A book worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then” — and I tend to believe the same goes for movies, and music, and TV shows, and yes, even our methods for teaching them the Bible.

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Mercy for Today

God’s mercies are new every morning because each day only has enough mercy in it for that day. God appoints every day’s troubles. And God appoints every day’s mercies. In the life of his children, they are perfectly appointed. Jesus said, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34). Every day has its own trouble. Every day has its own mercies. Each is new every morning.

A Royal Ruin: Pascal’s Argument from Humanity to Christianity

This blind optimism and inflation of human abilities appeals to our pride, but it is radically out of alignment with reality. Yes, humans achieve much of what they conceive, but there are limits for finite beings qua finite beings. Thought itself does not create reality ex nihilo . Moreover, humans inflict evil on others willfully and repeatedly. We cannot explain this away on the basis of the negative thoughts of those who are victimized. Consider the millions of untouchables (or Dalits) of India. Their three thousand years of subjugation by the upper Hindu castes cannot be explained on the basis of low self-esteem in the Dalits. That would blame the victim unjustly. Rather, human beings, given their fallen propensity to exalt themselves over others artificially, have unjustly oppressed these image-bearers of God for three millennia. “Man’s inhumanity to man” is a fact of human history, in India and everywhere else under the sun. Even a royal ruin should be able to see that and search for an adequate answer.

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Uncovering Treasures in Paul’s Shortest Letter

I have a confession to make, one that may sound a little strange: Of all the apostle Paul’s epistles, I think his shortest—the letter to Philemon—may be my favorite. I’m glad it’s not the only Pauline letter that we have. But it would be a great loss to the church if this little book were not preserved in the canon. Over the past couple of years, I’ve read through the letter countless times, and I can attest from experience that there are many treasures—unique pieces of insight and wisdom—just waiting to be uncovered. The Background The apostle Paul—under house arrest in Rome—dictated a letter to his friend Philemon. Philemon, a wealthy Christian who hosted a house church in Colossae, had likely converted to Christ years earlier through Paul’s ministry in Ephesus. After telling Philemon how grateful he is for him and what he prays for him, Paul brings up a name from Philemon’s past: Onesimus. Onesimus was an unbelieving bondservant or slave who had left Philemon’s household. Reading between the lines, he may have run away—and may have stolen from Philemon in the process.

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23 59 Confirmed or Historically Probable Facts in the Gospel of John

43. There are good historical reasons to believe Pilate's reluctance to deal with Jesus [18:28ff.]: Pilate had to walk a fine line between keeping the Jews happy and keeping Rome happy; any civil unrest could mean his job [the Jews knew of his competing concerns when they taunted him, "If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar," 19:12]; the Jewish philosopher Philo records the Jews successfully pressuring Pilate in a similar way to get their demands met [To Gaius 38.301-302].

Philippians 1:18–20: Honor Christ in Life or Death

In this lab, Pastor John reminds us that the honor of our Master is more important than our dreams, our ambitions, and our very lives.

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27 Renewing Your Mind | Presence of the Kingdom | Nov 9, 2017

God's kingdom will be consummated on His terms, according to the perfection of His will. Today, Albert Mohler corrects misconceptions concerning the will of God so that we might pray in a way that truly honors Him.

Bible Contradiction? Is it a good thing to be childish?

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

ID's Top Six: The Origin of the Universe

In the past we’ve offered the top 10 problems with Darwinian evolution (see here for a fuller elaboration ), and the top five problems with origin-of-life theories . But somehow we neglected to offer a parallel listing of the top lines of evidence supporting intelligent design. Many different pieces of evidence pointing to design in nature could be adduced, but we decided to distill it all down to six major lines of evidence. Sure, five or ten would have been more conventional, but when did ID advocates start playing to expectations?

Do You Excuse Your Own Sin?

We’re certainly not the first to excuse our sins. Think of the handful of biblical blame shifters. All of them know they have sinned, but they try to explain it away. Adam offered his excuse at the garden as he pointed his finger at Eve (Genesis 3:12). Aaron let the blame for the golden calf fall on the people (Exodus 32:21–24). Saul tried to excuse his unlawful sacrifice on the technicality that Samuel was late (1 Samuel 13:11–12). Excuses have been wreaking havoc since the beginning. And the worst part is, on any given day, we don’t even realize we’re making excuses.

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No, Christians Don't Use Joseph and Mary to Explain Child Molesting Accusations

Bringing Joseph and Mary into a modern-day molestation accusation, where a 32-year-old prosecutor is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, is simultaneously ridiculous and blasphemous…. Even those who followed ancient marriage customs, which we would not follow today, knew the difference between molesting and marriage.

One-on-One with Carmen LaBerge on Bringing God Back into Every Conversation

Carmen: We can’t speak the good news of the gospel in un-gospel ways. First, see people, not issues. We see on so many accounts that this is what Jesus did. We need to understand where people are coming from—their operating systems. I have observed that many Christians are just waking up to the cultural changes of today and have no clue how to talk to their neighbors who have little, if any, biblical literacy, or who have a worldview completely different from their own.

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Don’t Be That Guy: Thirty No’s in Paul’s Letters

In Paul’s letters (as elsewhere in the Bible) we are told glorious indicatives of truth like Christ is the Creator and Sustainer (Colossians 1:16–17), who was incarnated and died as our propitiation (Romans 3:25), was raised from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3–4), and he inaugurated the new creation (Colossians 1:18), as he ascended to his sovereign throne (Colossians 3:1). And by faith we are united to him and his power!

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5) “Satan is so much more in earnest than we are — he buys up the opportunity while we are wondering how much it will cost.” (Amy Carmichael) This lifelong missionary challenges us afresh today. Why are Satan’s people often so much more devoted to their cause than we are to ours? And why were some of us more zealous for sin before we were saved than we are zealous for the Lord now that we are saved? (While I’m at it, here’s a bonus quote from Amy: “I don’t wonder apostolic miracles have died. Apostolic living certainly has.”)

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How to prepare your church for an active shooter

Keep your facilities secure . Too many churches have too many members with keys and access to the church buildings. It is not unusual for doors to be left open and security to be lax because of the nearly unlimited access. I know one church where a former member had a key and decided to have a meeting at the church without asking anyone. Your church needs clearly controlled hours of operation and clear guidelines on access. If the locks have not been changed in a while, it’s probably time to do so. Ideally your church can move to digital access that can be changed at anytime.

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The Christian History of America's Guns

Increasingly, the aftermath of these shootings has devolved into a furious national debate over guns, with little consensus or resolution in sight. Christians need to step up and moderate the rhetoric, says Bart Barber, who pastors a Baptist church in Texas and holds a PhD in church history from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Pope Francis: Taking photos during Mass is an 'awful thing' - Premier

Pope Francis has told off priests and bishops who take pictures during Mass instead of focusing their "hearts on God".

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49 The Eternal Love of God

It’s essential that we understand the love of God in conjunction with the other attributes of God. God’s love, for instance, is holy love. But all of the attributes of God come into play as well, even His eternity. God’s love, like God Himself, is eternal. When we talk about God’s eternity, we’re talking about something greater than duration. When we say God is eternal, we are saying that God is self-existent, that He has no beginning. He derives His existence or His being from no other source; rather, He has the power to be in and of Himself. He’s not dependent upon anything outside Himself for His own life or being.

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